§ Mr. McCrindle
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what plans she has to introduce legislation to regulate the conduct of mail order business; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Alan Williams
The provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, which apply generally to credit transactions involving mail order, will become fully operative over the next 18 months. I shall also publish tomorrow the report of the Consumer Protection Advisory Committee on the proposals by the Direc-396W tor General of Fair Trading to control prepayment in mail order transactions and shops, and will shortly be laying before Parliament a draft order reflecting the action I propose to take on the report.